PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The St. Paul Rodeo is back!

It’s the largest Fourth of July weekend rodeo event in the country and it starts Wednesday night in St. Paul Oregon. Cowboys from 30 states and three Canadian provinces will be in St. Paul for the 85th annual event that runs through Sunday. They’ll be competing for nearly 400-thousand dollars in prize money.

Our Kohr Harlan got the behind-the-scenes look at the rodeo Wednesday morning. In addition to all the rodeo events — bull riding, calf roping and traditional events — there are also trick riders who will entertain the crowd in between events. 

The rodeo arena holds more than 11,000 people. There are amusement park rides along with great food and drink all weekend. The shows will take place every night with a matinee Sunday. For more information about the rodeo, visit their website.